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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2058 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 4 June 1756 n.s.
Dated 4 Iunii 1756. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Nobilissimo & Clarissimo Viro,<
Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti
& Professori Celeberrimo,
S[alutem] D[icit]
Joannes Burmannus.

Tradidi D[omino] Balguierio fasciculum, in quo sunt decem exemplaria fasciculi Tertii pl[antarum] Americ[anarum] prae binis optimis, Sereniss[imo] tuo Regi, tibique oblatis, quae haud ingrata tibi fore confido.

Alterum vero fasciculum binis prioribus fasciculis Pl[antarum] Americ[anarum] reple- tum jam ab aliquo tempore te accepisse confido, quum istam navim, quae illum vehebat, jam ab aliquo tempore appulisse ex Balguierio intellexerim. Cistamque bulbis Capensibus repletam jam ad hortum tuum te amandasse puto, brevique florentes varios te observaturum spero, uti varii singulo mense in praedio meo bulbi superbe suos protulerunt, & adhuc proferunt flores.

Sed proh dolor! Frustra huc usque quotidie exspectavi fasciculum plantarum siccatarum praeterito jam autumno mihi destinatum, & licet plurimae naves ex vestris advenerint nunc terris, nil hactenus accepi, ita ut desperem unquam me istum visurum, qui blattis & tineis forte escae fuit.

Nuper egi cum D[omino] Grillio de schedulis vestris publicis Banque dictis, sed declarabat mihi hic vir, istas incerti esse pretii seu cursus, uti hic vocant, meliusque ac securissime esse, si modo nummos fratri suo Mercatori Holmiensi Grillio tot numeres, quot mihi competunt; tunc hic Vir tibi dat schedulam mercatoriam Wissel nostratibus dictam ad fratrem suum hic habitantem, quam schedulam mihi velis mittere, sique hanc fratri isti obfero, tum mihi tot solvit nummos, quot in schedula tali notati sunt, quae via est commodissima & tutissima.

Nullum adhuc a te retuli responsum ad Litteras 6 Aprilis tibi datas, quem prima occasione exspecto. Bibliopola Schouten nuper mihi significabat se avidissime expetere cogitationem & mentem tuam de edenda Flora Lapponica, cujus editionem alteram tam diu distulit.

Lubens exspecto & desidero videre observationes & emendationes in H[orto] Cliffort[iano], quas, si accepero, cum isto Nobili Viro agam de altera editione; si Bibliopola modo quidam in se suscipere velit inpressionem, ego, quantum potero, curabo, ut rite illa notentur & mutentur, quae mihi indicaveris, tumque tibi transmittam novas Tabularum figuras ac denominationes.

Variolarum inoculatio apud nos nondum instituitur, sed Hagae-Comitis profess[or] Swenke jam varias inoculavit haud infausto successu, uti & d[ominu]s Troudier Parisiis quosdam, uti jam forte audivisti.

Nuper celebravi cum charissima conjuge totaque familia festivum diem, natalem nempe vigesimi quinti anni conjugii mei, cujus caussa varii a fratribus & amicis conpositi sunt versus, quos fasciculo simul inclusi, uti & plantas quasdam Capenses, quae ad manus jam erant, inter quas Diosmae species excellunt, sed quibus nomina ob temporis penuriam investigare & adscribere haud potui, quae ipse facile ex tua perspicacitate addere poteris. Sique rescribas, indices mihi, an sit Gladioli species quae ex bulbosis addita est, uti & quae florem gerit croceum, an sit Ixiae species; semina etiam rariora addidi, uti & quindecim icones Plant[arum] Plumierii pro fasciculo quarto, quarum observationes mecum communicare, uti antea, velis, quaeso, ad illustrationem eximiarum & plurimis ignotarum plantarum.

Caeterum nil novi tibi indicandum scio. Sistema tuum Naturae nuper recusum ex Haakii Bibliopolio prodiit cura Gronovii, ut puto, revisum.

Plantas tuas Palaestinas desidero videre uti & reliquas tuas nuper editas Dissertationes, quibus penitus destituor.

Contra Hemicraniam folia Asari in subtilem pulverem redacta, atque pauxillum naribus adtractum copiose evacuat Catharrosae materiae viscidum humorem, unde plures tempore hyberno apud nos summum habent solatium; si ex hac caussa tibi suboriatur hoc malum, spero promptum solatium inde tibi redundaturum.

Caeterum pancratice valeo cum uxore & familia, idem de te, Vir Nobilissime, ac familia tua splendidissima sperans, cui meo & Uxoris nomine quaevis prospera optantur. Valeas, meique non inmemor feliciter vivas!

Dabam Amst[elodami] 4 Junii 1756.

upSUMMARY

Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has delivered to Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
a box with ten copies of the third fascicle of the Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Plantarum
Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]
continens plantas, quas olim C.
Plumierius [...] detexit, eruitque,
atque in insulis Antillis ipse depinxit.
Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis
descriptionibus & observationibus,
aeneisque tabulis illustravit J.
Burmannus
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
, and two especially good ones, one for the Swedish king [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], and the other for Linnaeus.

Burman hopes that Linnaeus has received the two preceding boxes and that the bulbs he sent soon will flower.

Burman is still waiting for a parcel with dried plants that Linnaeus sent him last autumn.

It is safer if Linnaeus sends money to Burman through Claes GrillGrill, Claes (1705-1767).
Swedish. Merchant, owner of the iron
works of Söderfors, Österby
and Iggesund. Director of the Swedish
East India Company. Also known as an art
collector and patron of arts and
sciences. Brother of Anthoni Grill and
Johan Abraham Grill. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
in Stockholm, whose brother [Anthoni GrillGrill, Anthoni (1705-1783).
Swedish. Merchant in Amsterdam. Brother
of Claes Grill and Johan Abraham Grill.
] lives in Holland.

Burman has not yet received an answer to his letter of 6 April 1756Letter L2042. The bookseller Salomon SchoutenSchouten, Salomon (1689?-1750).
Dutch. Bookseller and publisher,
Amsterdam. Linnaeusís publisher. Father
of Petrus Schouten.
eagerly desires to know Linnaeusís opinion of editing the Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
plurimarum
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.
again.

Burman is eager to see Linnaeusís observations and emendations to the Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
Clifford
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
. Burman has not yet found a publisher.

Smallpox inoculation is not practised where Burman lives, but Martinus Wilhelm SchwenkeSchwenk, Martin Wilhelm
(1707-1785). Dutch. Physician and
professor of botany, the Hague.
at the Hague and TroudierTroudier, French?. in Paris have successful experience of it.

Burman has recently together with his wife [Adriana BurmanBurman, Adriana (-1759).
Dutch. Wife of Johannes Burman, mother
of Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Johanna
Elizabeth Burman.
] and family celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary. His brothers and friends had composed various verses for the occasion. Burman now encloses these in the box as well as some plants from the Cape of Good Hope, rare seeds and 15 illustrations of Charles PlumierísPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
works.
plants belonging to the fourth fascicle [Burman refers to his editing of the Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]].

The Systema naturae, 9th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 9th edition, ed. J. F.
Gronovius (Leiden 1756). Soulsby no. 57.
has now been reprinted by Theodoor HaakHaak, Theodoor (?-1768).
Dutch. Bookseller, Leiden.
and, as Burman believes, revised by Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeusís benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
.

Burman wants to see Linnaeusís, Flora PalaestinaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Palaestina
, diss., resp. J. Strand
(Uppsala, 1756). Soulsby no. 1886.
and other recently published dissertations.

A remedy for migraine is powdered leaf of Asarum inhaled into the nose.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 383-384). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 79-81   p.79  p.80  p.81.